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There is no verb “to be” in Hawaiian. The copula may be entirely omitted, or represented by verb markers (ua, e … ana, ke … nei, i, e) or by he.

  • Examples:
    • I am well, ua maikaʻi au.
    • I was well, ua maikaʻi au.
    • I will be well, e maikaʻi ana au.
    • You are happy, hauʻoli ʻoe.
    • You were happy, hauʻoli ʻoe.
    • He is going, e hele anaʻoia, ke hele nei ʻoia.
    • To be with (accompany), ʻalo.
    • To be happy, noho me ka hauʻoli.
    • To be chief, noho aliʻi.
    • To be in a state of, hele ā, kaʻa.
    • She is a teacher, he kumu ʻoia.

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